ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday mentioned that the Election Commission of Pakistan appears to be performing as a “mouthpiece of the Opposition”, a lot in order that it appears to have grow to be “the headquarters for Opposition parties,” Geo.television reported.
Fawad’s feedback got here throughout a press briefing that he was holding in Islamabad alongside the Minister for Railways Azam Khan Swati and Adviser to the Prime Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Babar Awan.
Chaudhry mentioned that the PTI-led authorities had promised to make the ECP free, truthful, and clear, and to that finish, a fee for reforms — headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk — was additionally shaped. However, the ECP stays surrounded by controversies attributable to its “strange logic”.
The minister mentioned that the PTI authorities had requested the Opposition to come back ahead and take part in discussions associated to electoral reforms.
“The government wanted to incorporate technology in the electoral process [to ensure transparency], however, it seems like the ECP has become the headquarters for Opposition parties.”
The minister mentioned that each one establishments of the nation, together with the ECP, should abide by the legislation.
Chaudhry mentioned that in actual fact, it’s not the ECP that should be thought of as a complete whereas speaking in regards to the legislation, however the chief election commissioner, who has “become fond” of performing as a “mouthpiece of the Opposition”.
“The chief election commissioner — who may have had contact — naturally, he may have had close contact with (PML-N supremo) Nawaz Sharif, and others — and may even have sympathies for him, which we have no issue with — but whether it is the election commission or any other institution, it must abide by the parliament,” mentioned Chaudhry.
He mentioned that PML-N leaders try to make authorized amendments associated to using EVMs “controversial”.
The minister mentioned that the chief election commissioner ought to “either take a look at his behaviour or join politics.”
“You better not become a tool used by small political parties,” Chaudhry advised the chief election commissioner.
He added that every time the Opposition loses in elections, it begins crying foul about rigging.
“Our Opposition comprises intellectually-stunted parties. The only skill they have is to seek extensions for the hearings of their court cases.”
Speaking in regards to the incorporation of know-how into the electoral course of, Chaudhry mentioned that even the Supreme Court of Pakistan endorsed it to make sure transparency.